France and UK agree on defence cooperation projects

Franco-British summit/defence – Communiqué issued by the Defence Ministry

Paris, 31 January 2014

In the framework of the Franco-British summit of 31 January 2014, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his British counterpart concluded various agreements enabling major defence programmes conducted through Franco-British cooperation to be embarked on immediately. They signed:

-  a letter of intent on the launch of a new phase of work in the field of combat UAVs.

This work will concern systems architecture, certain key technologies and the definition of simulation methods. France and the United Kingdom are jointly committing themselves to the tune of £120 million (€145 million) to this programme, which will last two years. They are thus confirming the preparatory phase decided in July 2012, which involved Dassault Aviation and BAE Systems as project leaders, Thales and Selex ES for on-board electronics and sensors, and Safran and Rolls-Royce for propulsion.

-  a memorandum of understanding enabling the development and production phase of the Light Anti-Ship Missile, FASGW(H)/ANL, to be launched.

The FASGW(H)/ANL missile provides helicopters with the capability to destroy patrol boats and speedboats in crisis situations or tackle acts of piracy, drug trafficking and terrorism at sea. This joint development will be decisive in beginning to consolidate the Franco-British missile industry, under the aegis of MBDA and the subcontractors.

-  a memorandum of understanding enabling development to be started on a prototype of unmanned surface vehicles and unmanned underwater vehicles aimed at detecting and neutralizing naval mines on the sea bed. This system is part of the mine warfare cooperation project Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM). In addition to the programme’s operational challenges, this project will enable industrial expertise to be developed in the area of underwater detection and robotics./.

Published on 03/02/2014

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